Conall's Cleft Lip and Palate

Conall, our youngest son, was born October 31, 2002 with a wide unilateral cleft lip and palate. Conall weighed 10lbs, 10oz! Not such a little guy! Over his lifetime, he will have several procedures and surgeries to bring the separated parts of his mouth together. We're using the blog as a place to share our experience with others who are seeking information and, perhaps, some reassurance.

January 08, 2007

The Beginning of Conall's Journey

Conall's cleft was noticed in a routine ultrasound at 22 weeks. We were told he had a unilateral (one side) cleft lip and possibly palate. Conall kept his cleft palate a secret up until his birthday!

Conall's ultrasound

Conall shortly after birth

Below is an Excerpt from our "birth plan" for Conall:

"It is very important that the baby’s cleft is not the center of the birth. We are not suggesting it is ignored, because we are very interested in seeing it – just that it not be made to be more than it is (assuming baby is healthy in every other way)."
Conall comes home 5 hours after he is born. He meets his brothers for the first time - they waited up for him!

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